Nice mess of gills, good eating. Definitely from now through mid October is great time to get out and catch just about any speices. That windy day smallie thing I was talking about last post, that is happening big time right now. Went out for 2 hours during that massive wind yesterday, wont mention how many smallies were caght because I will be called a liar but it was insane bite. Chartruse and white spinnerbait wherever wind was pounding.
Southeast Wisconsin Area Lakes, Rivers and Ponds
MOON PHASE (94%)
61° - 65° F
Drilled roughly 80 gills yesterday in the 30 mph wind gusts. Kept 30 big pigs that were released into grease.Gills ranged from 6-9.25 inches,,with the majority being 7.5-8.5 inches. Released 7 bass as well from 12-18 inches. All fish came on orange mini mite heads, and multi colored hand painted jigs, tipped with Big reds. But here is the kicker,,,i dipped my baits in Anise extract,,and it seemed to outperform if not dipped,,like major. I think with that,,the fish stacked up shortly thereafter, and went on a feeding frenzy. It was crazy in 2 hrs time. You cant catch fish on the couch people,,fall fishing is upon us.
MOON PHASE (89%)
71° - 75° F
Pounced on some nice gills bass and crappies. Kept 17 gills between me and my buddy that ranged from 7-8.5 inches. Released 11 bass ranging from 11-16 inches. Kept 4 crappie from 10-12 inches,,and released 3 crappie from 13-15 inches.gills took redworms on orange mini mite heads tipped with reds. Bass as well. Crappies wacked charttruse and white slap seeker plastics on eight oz jig head. Skeeters were brutal,,,
MOON PHASE (66%)
I don't think the fish have started to really put fall feed bags on yet. When water temp hits high 60's I would say things will get really good. I feel like the bass fishing can basically be good anytime from 55 degree water in spring till mid 40's in fall/early winter. There are lakes I would never fish once water gets below 55, I stick to shallower lakes in late fall (Lazy, Big Muskego, and a couple Waukesha lakes that will go unnamed.
Fishing report from today, fished some of same areas as yesterday, had a close to 5 lb smallie hit on first cast, didn't get a good latch on it. 2nd cast Pike about 28 inches. Made a few more casts and nothing. 2nd spot smallies were biting decent, caught various sizes, no real big fish. Switched it up and fished chatterbait today hoping for big fish, will probably just stay with twisters and swim jigs tomorrow. Water warmed up 2 degrees to almost 75.
Couple pics to get jacked up for fall fishing, if you guys know of a good smallmouth lake or river fish the breaks with spinnerbaits or shallow cranks when water cools to 68 or so, bite can be insane on a windy day.
I agree with BW - just get out there. The worst thing that could happen, is that you don't catch anything. I've packed sandwiches that have made a skunked day very worthwhile.
(Yes, getting skunked isn't the worst thing that could happen, I realize that. Your boat could capsize, your motor could quit, or even Tony Corrente could be a ref in a Packers game.)
I don't think I've ever regretted going fishing.
In my opinion it's not "fall bass fishing" yet. I guess it depends on how you look at it: time of year, or water temperature. Sure it's fall, but the weather says otherwise. Lakes I'm fishing are still in the mid 70s as far as water temperature. Does anyone truly know what bass/fish in general do? No. Just get out there :)
Nice bass Wacker!!! I am almost ashamed to post my pics from today after that hawg. I fished the river, it was still swollen way higher than normal for September. The high water has fish positioned in same areas I catch them in spring. Ended up with 26 smallies, 12 of them were over 14 inches with only 2 that would be considered big fish. Couple pike and other species but smallies were by far most cooperative fish. Used white or chartruse swim jigs and Twisters. Water temp 72 and water was brown in color but clarity was decent. I am hoping Jaybee can join me tomorrow and see if we can get 40-50 smallies, definitely possible in 3 or so hours of fishing.
Haha jaybee you said it about my last post. Hopefully it will come true! Thanks guys. And just to let everyone know. I release all fish I catch. These two lmb and a smallmouth I caught up north this year are all going to be on my wall as reproductions. Plenty of photos and measurements were taken. To take a fish of that caliber out of a water system and eliminate it's potential to create fish of that size down the road makes absolutely no sense to me.